When it's over, why did it have to be a bear? I liked the idea of a bear being the antagonist, but thought Queen Elinor's (Emma Thompson) turn as a bear was annoying and boring. Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is headstrong and determined to live an independent life. When an arranged marriage is proposed, she defies tradition by making a deal with a witch that brings danger to her kingdom. The animation was fabulous, but take that away, and the story is just blah. I've seen enough strong female characters from Disney and would really like to see Disney come back with some strong male leads. Brave had no stand-out male character, and for a princess story, where's the prince? There were suitors, who were added to the film for comedic reasons, none of which were funny. In fact, I don't remember laughing through any scenes. What Merida needed was a male counterpart that would challenge her, make her a better person, make her become brave. The love story between Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor, was played out weakly. Only in the end, does Merida appreciate her mother and mends their broken bond. The themes of bravery and love were not well defined. I felt the film forced these two themes into the ending, just to make sure they got into the film. Again, beautiful visuals, but a giant disappointment.
My rating: 2.5 out of 5